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Single-Use Plastics Make a Comeback on Pandemic Fears

  • Disposable cups are seen as less risky with hygiene a priority
  • Polystyrene sales volumes up by double digits, CEOs say
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A renewed commitment to hygiene is propping up sales of previously out-of-favor plastics like polystyrene, as consumers relegate environmental priorities while trying to stay clear of the coronavirus.

For a plastics industry that’s grappling with a drop in demand for household goods and cars, the resurgence is a welcome break. Germany’s Ineos Styrolution and U.S.-based Trinseo SA are both seeing double-digit percentage sales increases in the food packaging and health-care industries.